Windows 10 runs automatic maintenance tasks such as Windows updates, software updates, security scanning, system diagnostics, defrag hard drives, checking errors to fix and many other things on daily basis. It is scheduled to a particular time period and your system should be idle at that time for automatic maintenance. If you are using your computer at the scheduled time, the automatic maintenance will be postponed to the next time.

We recommend you to keep the automatic maintenance enabled in your Windows 10 PC as it helps you to keep your system up-to-date along with maintaining the performance of Operating System. Windows 10 combines all the maintenance tasks and run them at the background.

If you want to disable automatic maintenance in Windows 10 for a short time due to some reasons, you can use the following procedure. You can enable it on a later stage whenever required.

In this blog post we will let you know how you can enable or disable automatic maintenance by editing your Windows registry.

Also read: How To Share Favorite Registry Keys With Other Windows Users

How to enable or disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10

Type regedit in the Windows search box and hit Enter key to open Registry Editor.

enable or disable automatic maintenance in Windows 10

Navigate the following registry path in Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT \CurrentVersion\Schedule\Maintenance

Double click on “MaintenanceDisabled DWORD” appearing on the right pane of Registry Editor window.

enable or disable automatic maintenance in Windows 10

Set the value (0 or 1) in the value data box and hit OK button.
0 to enable
1 to disable

enable or disable automatic maintenance in Windows 10

Also read: How To Bookmark Favorite Locations In Windows Registry Editor

If you find it difficult to navigate long & complex registry keys path there is a simple method to enable or disable automatic maintenance in Windows 10. The method is as follows.

  • Download the following zip folder by clicking on Download button and extract the files. It contains two .reg files, one file is for enabling and another is for disabling automatic maintenance.
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  • Now double click on the specified .reg file to merge it.
  • When prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes and OK to approve the merging.

That’s it. You can use any of the method which is convenient for you.

Standard Warning: It is recommended not to play with Windows Registry Editor unless you are aware of basics of this complex structure. Windows Registry contains all the default settings of the Computer system, so misusing Registry may corrupt your Windows and make your PC unstable. We recommend you to take a backup of your Windows Registry as well as the data of your PC before starting any of registry editing tricks.

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